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Former President George W. Bush Joins Facebook

Just when you thought you’d stopped hearing about Dubya, he decided to dabble in the social media scene. The 43rd president has joined Facebook.

His page includes information such as his birthday, location (Dallas, TX) and educational background (Harvard Business School and Yale). It also includes links to the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s website and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. In regards to self-promotion, Bush’s page also has a shout-out to his wife (and her recently released memoir) as well as a link to pre-order his own book, Decision Points.

Bush’s inaugural status update, posted around 10amET, stated:

“Since leaving office, President Bush has remained active. He has visited 20 states and 8 countries; given over 65 speeches; launched the George W. Bush Presidential Center; participated in 4 policy conferences through The Bush Institute; finished the first draft of his memoir, “Decision Points”; and partnered with Pres…ident Clinton to establish the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. More on his activities in future posts…”

While it may initially seem a bit pointless, Bush’s new online presence could be a good political move. Following his presidency, it is an effective, and more importantly, a direct way him to promote his more recent work and connect with people.

At the time of this post, 14,279 people “liked” his page, with some of those users posting messages on his wall, ranging (not surprisingly) from the kindest to the most negative:

“God Bless you Mr. President. It was a honor to be an American when you were our President.”

“Welcome to facebook sir! You were the best standup comedian the world ever had!”

Politicians joining Facebook and other social media sites is hardly something new (see: Sarah Palin) –we can only wonder who will be next.

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